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Is The Trinity Biblical?

Allow me to state the answer to this question plainly...No, the doctrine of the trinity does not come from the scriptures. It is read into the scriptures 
and even falsely interpreted into the scriptures on a few spots. It was not taught by the 1st century church. It was a historical development by 2nd century heretics(according to those that teach the trinity). It was more widely accepted by the 4th century when those that opposed the teaching were stomped out with brute force and persecution. Interestingly enough is the fact that pagans have worshiped a trinity long since the days of ancient Babylon.

The Bible teaches a Binitarian(for lack of better words) view of the Godhead. I will clarify what all that entails as we continue on through this page. But what I find very troubling is the hard line approach by virtually all of Christendom to a doctrine that is no where explicitly stated in the scriptures. To reject the trinity within mainstream Christendom is to bring upon yourself a nasty backlash that you may not be prepared for. It is commonly believed that one must accept the trinity doctrine to be saved. That is an incredible stance to take in my opinion and let me show you why...

Only "Begotten" Son? - Also see this link for further understanding about the nature of God's only begotten son Jesus Christ. What does this word "begotten" tell us about Jesus?

2 Beings In The Godhead

But to us there is but
one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. I Cor. 8:6 (Where is the mention of the Holy Spirit? This is a Binitarian view of the Godhead. One God and one Lord, that doesn’t leave any room for the Holy Spirit as a person or being. It says Jesus is “by whom” are all things because He is the creator. And the Father is “of whom” are all things because Jesus was begotten of the Father and then went on to create all things.)

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: Gen. 1:26… And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: Gen. 3:22… Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. Gen. 11:7 (These verses reveal more than one being talking together. Unless God is talking to Himself…I don’t think so, it says “us, our” not “me, my.” This reveals more than one being in the Godhead. One being with 3 natures or manifestations can not have a conversation with himself and use plural pronouns.)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (Again, this verse reveals two God beings. The word God(Elohim) is a uniplural word, collective noun, like family, team, or group. For example it could be said that John was with Smith(Father) and John was Smith(Son). There is no mention of a 3rd being, only two.)

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,… To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, Romans 1:1,7-8 (Paul’s greeting to the Romans mentions God the Father and Jesus Christ, but strangely fails to mention the Holy Spirit. Is Paul disrespecting and committing heresy against the Holy Spirit by failing to mention his name? Paul also does the exact same thing in the greetings of his other letters in the books of I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, Philemon, Titus, and I & II Timothy. If Paul believed in the trinity, he would have mentioned the Holy Spirit along with God the Father and Son. Paul had a Binitarian view of the Godhead.)

Equality Or Hierarchy Within The Godhead?

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. I Cor. 11:3 (The hierarchy of authority is established in this verse. How could the Father be the head of Christ if Christ is an equal third of the trinity? And where is the Holy Spirit in this hierarchy? This speaks to a duality of the Godhead, a hierarchy within the Godhead, and to 2 separate beings.)

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. John 10:29 (This doesn’t sound like an equal trinity if the Father is greater than all. This speaks of a hierarchy in which the Father is on top.)

I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. John 14:28 (How can the Father be greater than Jesus if they are of an equal trinity? One thing is certain, Jesus is under the Father in the Godhead hierarchy.)

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: Phil. 2:5-6 (How do you reconcile this verse with John 10:29 and John 14:28 above? Christ is “equal” with God in the sense that He too is also a God being or of the God kind, but with lesser authority. I am equal with my father in the sense that I too am also a human being or of the human kind, but he has a higher authority in the family hierarchy.)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. John 13:16 (Jesus was sent by God the Father, so the Father is greater than the Son who He sent. This is not an equality, but a hierarchy within the Godhead.)

The Father And Son Are Separate/Distinct Beings

I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. Dan. 7:13 (Daniel’s vision pictures two different God beings. The Son of man being brought to or came near to the Ancient of days. The same being with 3 natures or manifestations can not do that.)

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:3 (If the “only true God” is the trinity, which would include Jesus Christ, why then would Jesus have to be mentioned separately? And why was the Holy Spirit not mentioned? This speaks to 2 separate beings in the Godhead.)

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; I Tim. 2:5 (God the Father is the one true God. Jesus Christ is God’s Son, of the God family, was begotten of the Father, is the one mediator between the Father and men, he is our high priest. Jesus is still God, or of the God family, but the Father has greater authority. But where is the mention of the Holy Spirit? This speaks to 2 separate beings, duality in the Godhead, and a hierarchy within the Godhead.)

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matt. 27:46 (How can Jesus say this if He is the same being as the Father? How could Jesus possibly forsake Himself? And is He suggesting that the Father forsook Him, but the Holy Spirit did not? Of course not. This speaks to two separate beings, and duality in the Godhead.)

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. John 20:17 (Jesus’ Father and God is the same as ours. It is not himself, but God the Father. What about the Holy Spirit? This speaks to 2 separate beings, duality in the Godhead, and a hierarchy within the Godhead.)

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30 (God the Father and God the Son have two separate wills, but Jesus seeks His Father’s will. And Jesus also claims He can do nothing by His own self. This speaks to 2 separate beings, duality in the Godhead, and a hierarchy within the Godhead.)

The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? Matt. 22:44 (Two Lords exists here. One Lord is in all capital letters indicating a different Hebrew word. One is on the throne, while one is at his right hand side. This speaks to 2 separate beings, and hierarchy within the Godhead.)

What Does It Mean That The Father And Son Are One?

I and my Father are one. John 10:30 (Does this mean they are the same person? Or could it mean that they are one in purpose and unity? The only way to know for sure is to see which interpretation lines up with the rest of scripture. But as we see above, to interpret this as them being the same being contradicts the rest of scripture, so the other interpretation must be correct. And what about the Holy Spirit in this verse? Again, the Holy Spirit is so often left out. I'll address this shortly.)

…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; John 14:9 (Does Jesus and the Father look identical in appearance or are they the same person? Does Jesus again fail to include the Holy Spirit? Perhaps Jesus appears similar to the Father as most father and son relationships do. And perhaps Jesus also mirrors the Father by his actions. Which interpretation lines up with the rest of scripture? That is the question you must always ask when faced with a single verse that could be interpreted multiple ways when viewed by itself.)

Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. John 17:11 (This verse explains perfectly how the Father and son are one. They are not the same person. They are one in purpose and unity. All Christians are not one and the same person, but are to be one in purpose and unity. This analogy Jesus gives makes this perfectly clear.)

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: John 17:20-22 (This verse should make it perfectly clear that the Father and Son are one in purpose and unity, not as in being the same person. And it says that we may be one in them. So shouldn't we be added to this supposed trinity, making us Christians a 4th being in the Godhead? I'm not sure what you would call that, but you can see the fallacies of the trinity doctrine crumbling under close examination.)

The Holy Spirit Is NOT A Personal Being

I will show that the Holy Spirit is not a personal being, but is the power of God. It is the spirit of God the Father. Just as we have a human spirit, God has a spirit as well, and it is holy. We do not consider our own human spirits to be separate personal beings from ourselves. Our spirit is apart of us, it is apart of who we are. Just the same, the Holy Spirit is apart of who God the Father is. He shares his spirit with his Son Jesus Christ and to us humans as well.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:16 (Notice that the Spirit is referred to as an “it” by the word “itself.” If the Holy Spirit is a separate personal being in the Godhead, then this is a blasphemous statement. I don't care how many times the Holy Spirit may be assigned gender, just 1 reference as an "it" should be very troubling to anyone that considers the Holy Spirit as a personal separate being of the Godhead.)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7 (Here the Holy Spirit is referred to as a “him.” But Greek language nouns and pronouns are often times assigned gender whether it be a person or not. There are other places in the Bible where this occurs. But the same Greek word used can also be translated as “it” or “itself” as it is in Rom. 8:16. There are other examples of non beings or persons being assigned gender when it is obviously an “it.” Rev. 1:16 refers to the sun with the pronoun “his.” Isaiah 13:13 refers to the earth with the pronoun “her.” And Matt. 24:29 refers to the moon with the pronoun “her.” So referring to the Holy Spirit as “him” does not qualify it as a person or being.)

The Holy Spirit Is The Power Of God The Father

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Acts 8:18-20 (Simon refers to the Holy Spirit as a “power.” Peter doesn’t correct him.)

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 (The Holy Spirit is the power of God. And yes, the Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are the same thing.)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: Acts 1:8 (The Holy Spirit is the power of God.)

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35 (The Holy Spirit is called “the power of the Highest.”)

God The Father And The Holy Spirit Are The Same Being

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. I John 3:9 (The Greek word for “seed” is sperma, from which comes the English word “sperm.” The Holy Spirit is the “sperm” or “seed” of God. We don’t consider our sperm as a separate person or being from ourselves. And who's seed is it? It is the seed of God the Father, not a separate personal being.)

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Psalms 51:11 (The Holy Spirit is not a person, but a power that God can give and take away as He pleases. David is asking God to not take this gift of power away from him. Luke 19:11-26 is the parable of the pounds. The pounds given represent the Holy Spirit given to us. We must increase this power within us and use it and not let it go to waste. This power can come and go from us throughout our lives. The Holy Spirit is said to flow like water, and we must be replenished of it continually as we use it. It is our duty to seek it out, ask God for it, and increase it within ourselves. Sin separates us from God and reduces the power of the Holy Spirit within us. That is the life long battle of a Christian. And if the Holy Spirit is a personal being why wouldn’t David ask the Holy Spirit directly to stay with him as opposed to asking the Father not to take it from him? And it say "thy" holy spirit, meaning possession of God the Father. It is His spirit.)

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. I Cor. 2:11 (Man has the spirit of man in him, just as God has the Spirit of God, or Holy Spirit in him. Does this mean that man has a second person living inside of them? Of course not, so how do we claim that God’s Holy Spirit is a separate being of the trinity?)

Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. John 14:10 (So was it the Father or the Holy Spirit that dwelled in Jesus? It was the Father’s Spirit which is called Holy, or Holy Spirit. The Father is a separate being from the Son, but the Holy Spirit is not a being at all, it is an “it”, it is the power of God. That power is what dwelled in Jesus and is what Christians receive from God as a gift. Jesus can say that the Father dwells in him because the Holy Spirit is the same being as God the Father, only a different or separate nature or manifestation.)

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. Matt. 1:20… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (These verses contradict each other if you believe in the trinity. Was Jesus begotten of the Father or conceived of the Holy Spirit? These verses only make sense if the Holy Spirit is not a separate being, but a power that is God’s Spirit. The Father and the Holy Spirit are the same being.)

Supposed Proofs For A Trinity

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. I John 5:7-8 (The words in bold are nothing but man’s added words to the Bible. The translators had preconceived beliefs in the trinity and felt it was justified to better explain it. Most, if not all translations have a footnote explaining this fact. The NIV footnote explains that these words are found nowhere in any manuscripts until the 16th century.)

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Deut. 6:4 (There are multiple ways this verse could be interpreted. The word “one” comes from the Hebrew word “echad” and is the key word in this verse. Trinitarians say this verse is referring to the nature of God and that the trinity is “one” God. The word “echad” is found in other places of the Bible and is also translated as “alone” such as in Isaiah 51:2. The context of the verse is about obedience toward God alone and not other gods. So it seems logical that the meaning of this verse is that “The Lord our God is Lord alone.” We are not to worship or obey any other gods except the true God and Him alone. Or even if the interpretation is supposed to be “one,” then the word God(Elohim) is uniplural like family, and so the family of God is one family or we are to obey the family of God and that family alone. Either way, this verse doesn’t contradict the duality of the Godhead.)

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matt. 28:19 (We have already seen 1 John 5:7-8 to be an added, false clarification. This verse also has skepticism surrounding it as well. Some suggest the 3 titles are not originally mentioned. Plus every incident of baptism after this is only done in the name of Jesus. Baptism depicts the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The Father never died, nor the Holy Spirit. And we have already learned they are the same being. But we die with Jesus, are buried with Jesus, and are resurrected with Jesus. The word "name" is singular.  This is only one name, or authority by which we are saved, and that is Jesus. To interpret this verse as many do, the apostles would have all been disobeying Jesus by only baptizing in the name of Jesus, and not all three. The apostles were there when Jesus said this and they understood what was said. Even if it is a valid translation, that doesn't mean anything either. Just because the Holy Spirit is given a title doesn’t mean that it is a person or being. This verse still would not teach a Trinity, especially taking into account the whole council of scripture. You would have to read more into the text than what it actually says.)

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